An Analysis of Skype Exchanges for Promoting Intercultural Learning and Understanding Among University Language Students

Colette Mrowa-Hopkins

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Abstract

This paper reports on a project designed to promote intercultural learning and understanding between language students across three universities in Australia, Mexico and Germany. It examines students’ self-recorded Skype exchanges and assesses them within the debate over the inclusion of interculturality in language learning and teaching. By examining the negotiation of meaning that occurs between exchange partners, the study highlights the key elements involved in intercultural mediation, where rapport building may have a significant impact on negotiation of intercultural knowledge and attitudes. Micro-level discourse analysis is applied to culture-related events in the Skype conversations with a view to contributing meaningful insights into intercultural communication in instructional contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-108
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2022

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Keywords

  • critical culture awareness
  • discourse interaction
  • higher education
  • interculturality
  • Skype exchanges
  • speech functions

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